How to Join

We are excited that you are considering membership at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church! 

Your first step to membership is to contact Rev. Harbison.  He will be happy to walk you through the process.  Just to give you an idea, the primary details are shown below.

The Session is the local church's governing body of elected elders (elected from the congregation).  The Session meets each Sunday, following the 10:55 a.m. worship service, to receive new members.  Individuals wishing to join introduce themselves to the elders, and join by one of three methods:

  • Profession of Faith and Baptism (for those who have never been baptized, or have never been a member of a Christian church before)
  • Reaffirmation of Faith (for those who are not currently active members of another Christian church)
  • Transfer of Church Letter (for those on the active roles of another church, either in Houston or elsewhere in the United States).
 
For those who are in Houston on a short-term, temporary basis, the following may be desireable:
 
  • Affiliate Membership (This category is especially appropriate for college students.)

 

Details of each are listed below:

Profession of Faith and Baptism:
When a person who has never been baptized, or was baptized as an infant, but has never been a member of a Christian church wishes to join St. Luke's, he or she is received by Profession of Faith. In a meeting of the Session (the governing body of the local church), the person is asked three questions:

  1. Do you profess faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
  2. Do you look to him for your salvation?
  3. Dependent upon the grace of God, do you seek to serve Him through this congregation?
After giving an affirmative answer to each of these three questions, a motion is made and seconded to receive the person into full, active membership of St. Luke's, once they are baptized.  If the individual has never been baptized, the date for their baptism is then set (often for the following Sunday).  Baptism in the Presbyterian Church (USA) always takes place during a regular worship service of the congregation. One reason for this is that all the members of the church promise to nurture the new believer in the faith and help him or her to learn about Jesus Christ.

Transfer of Church Letter:
When a person who is currently a member of another Christian church wishes to unite with St. Luke's, he or she is received by Transfer of Church Letter.  In a meeting of the Session (the governing body of the local church), after stating the name and location of the church where the person is currently a member, a motion is made and seconded to receive the person into full, active membership of St. Luke's. The clerk of Session contacts your former church to notify them of your desire; and the necessary paperwork is exchanged.

Reaffirmation of Faith:
When a person who has been, but is not currently a member of a Christian church, wishes to unite with St. Luke's, he or she is received by Reaffirmation of Faith.  In a meeting of the Session (the governing body of the local church), the person is asked three questions:

  1. Do you profess faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
  2. Do you look to Him for your salvation?
  3. Dependent upon the grace of God, do you seek to serve Him through this congregation?

After giving an affirmative answer to each of these three questions, a motion is made and seconded to receive the person into full, active membership of St. Luke's.

Affiliate Membership:
Affiliate memberships are for those in Houston on a short-term basis who are active church members elsewhere. Especially appropriate for college students, an affiliate membership gives a person a home away from home while he or she maintains active status in one's home church. Affiliate membership carries all the privileges of active membership, except the right to vote in congregational meetings and hold church office. The process for becoming an affiliate member is simple. Speak with the pastor and he will be happy to introduce you to the Session after worship any Sunday.